Democrats are saying the security measures are not necessary. “This is a pile of bills built on conspiracy theories and lies,” said Democratic Rep. Lisa Subeck, of Madison. And that somehow these measures to ensure the safety and security of our elections are somehow an attempt to perpetuate the lie that Trump actually won and are meant to disenfranchise voter groups that tend to back Democrats.
Since 5,500 absentee ballots in Democratic-heavy Dane and Milwaukee counties, where election clerks filled in missing address information on certification envelopes.
Clerks had been filling in missing information on the certification envelopes for a dozen elections prior to November’s. Republicans have questioned the legality of the practice since state law doesn’t specifically allow it.
Under the bill, any absentee ballot missing information would be returned to the voter to fix. Officials who fill in the missing information would be committing election fraud, which is punishable by up to a $10,000 fine and three years in prison.
A third bill the Assembly passed would disallow ballot collection events any earlier than two weeks before an election. There could only be one collection site for absentee ballots and it would have to be located near the local clerk’s office and staffed by workers from those offices. Republicans said this is to “secure chain of custody” and “Prevent ballot harvesting”
Another passed bill would make it a felony for an employee of a nursing home or other care facility to coerce an occupant to apply for, or not apply for, an absentee ballot. It would also require the nursing home to provide notice to relatives when special voting deputies planned to be on hand to assist residents with casting their ballots. To ensure residents have time and are not forced into voting for a candidate they don’t want to vote for.
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